Uncertainties throughout the Texas Rangers lineup
Unfortunately, the Rangers don’t have an Anthony Rendon, a George Springer, or a D.J. LeMahieu – players that unequivocally produce year after year. Instead, they have David Dahl, who hasn’t stayed healthy for more than 100 games in a season, and Willie Calhoun, who’s running dry on chances to prove himself.
As much as Rangers fans want to get behind hard-working middle infielders Isiah Kiner-Falefa and Nick Solak, there’s concern whether either has the extra-base hit capabilities to survive in an OPS-driven league.
Can one of Ronald Guzman or Nate Lowe breakthrough as the club’s next long-lasting first baseman? Can Khris Davis rediscover his power after consecutive sub-400 slugging seasons?
Considering the Texas Rangers’ likely Opening Day lineup, two players comfortably project as starters on Opening Day of 2022: Leody Taveras and David Dahl.
Gallo could change teams at the 2021 trade deadline; a standout free-agent shortstop could supplant Kiner-Falefa, and a prospect could replace Solak at second base. If all goes to plan, top prospects Josh Jung and Sam Huff will take over at third base and catcher, respectively. DH and first base are also up for grabs.
Get ready, Texas Rangers fans, because you’re going to learn a ton about your organization this season. There’s no such thing as a sure thing with this bunch, but it will be exciting to see which players take steps towards becoming a mainstay.